Photograph courtesy of Catrina.
Born: 23rd October 1922, Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 8th June 1940; age: 17; MPK.
Rank: Signal Boy; Service Number: C/JX/158417.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Glorious.’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Hugh & Alice Jane Maguire, of Ipswich.
Father: Hugh Maguire, born Blythe, Ontario, Canada. Immigrated with his parents & siblings in 1896 to the U.S.A.
Mother: Alice Jane Maguire (nee Baldwin), born October 1891, Earl Soham, Suffolk.
June 8th, 1940, the Royal Navy suffered one of its most devastating defeats of the Second World War. HMS Glorious, one of Britain’s largest and fastest aircraft carriers, was sunk along with her escorting destroyers HMS Ardent and HMS Acasta. The three British warships were taking part in Operation Alphabet, the evacuation of Allied forces from Norway that had been taking place simultaneously with the rather better known and remembered evacuation at Dunkirk.
900 men went into the cold, northern waters that evening and they faced a horrifying ordeal. Despite saluting their gallant foes, the German battleships did not stop to pick up survivors, only 40 remained alive. The death toll came to 1,519 men.